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Vision and Health at Work

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, as marked by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The goal of this directive is to educate corporations and their workers about the importance of vision wellness, with safety tips on how to prevent vision-endangering eye accidents.

Each day, people sustain workplace related eye injuries that need medical attention. Safety experts and healthcare professionals say that the two main reasons that employees get eye injuries is because they fail to wear anything to protect their eyes or they are using the incorrect form of eye protection.

High risk occupations for eye accidents include construction, factory work, mining, woodwork, car and truck repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding and maintenance.

Safe Sight on Site

Here are 4 crucial ways to avoid eye accidents at work:

  • Be aware of the eye hazards related to your work.
  • Lessen the possibility of danger before even beginning work by requesting machine shields, work screens or other engineering controls.
  • Request safety goggles that sit correctly and give enough coverage for your job. Your optometrist will be able to help to determine the best safety eyewear for your particular situation.
  • Make sure to keep your safety eyewear in optimal condition.

Computer Monitors and Healthy Vision

Working at computers or using mobile devices can also be dangerous for your sight. Because of the prevailing use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Below are some helpful tips to prevent putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when using hand held devices or working on a computer:

Learn the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a rest. At least every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you're using a hand-held device, increase the font size so you can use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.

In addition keep the brightness of your monitor to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and place your screen right under eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You may also want to consider purchasing computer glasses.

If you think that you may be at risk of any eye or vision damage due to your work environment don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!